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Dell Inspiron Mini
Pricing and exact launch date for Inspiron Mini is under debate

We can thank ASUS for ushering in the netbook era with its tiny Eee personal computer. Since the introduction the netbook segment has boomed and many different models of netbooks are being offered from virtually all notebook makers.

DailyTech has been following the Dell entry into the netbook market for a while now, which was called the Dell Inspiron Mini when it was first covered in June. According to Information Week, the system will now be called the Inspiron 910 or Inspiron Mini 9.

The launch date for the system is debatable; Information Week claims that the netbook will be released this Thursday, September 4. Gizmodo was the first publication to run leaked specs for the Dell netbook and according to Gizmodo, the launch date will be September 5.

If the leaked specifications Gizmodo is reporting are accurate, the system will run on an Intel Atom N270 CPU at 1.6GHz. The system will has 1GB of RAM and use an 8.9-inch WLED screen with a 1024 x 600 screen resolution. Video will be via Intel 945GMS UMA and audio will be ALC268.

The Inspiron 910 will also feature storage via SSD with 4/8/16GB capacity and feature WLAN and WWAN connectivity. Gizmodo also reports that the 910 will have a pair of full size minicard slots on the bottom and a 3-in-1 card reader. Operating system choices will include Ubuntu Linux or Windows XP. The system weight will be 2.20 pounds with the base 4-cell battery.

Pricing is still up in the air at this point. Gizmodo reports that the starting price could be as low as $299. Other sources report pricing would be in the $400 range.

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By Imaginer on 9/3/2008 12:57:15 PM , Rating: 2
1. Built in GPS that works with the best of the stand-alone dedicated handhelds.

2. Multi-touch display (even better if it can be pressure sensitive.

3. Built in 3G. (combined with a built in camera and mic, one can usher a new wave of mobile video phoning in addition to the wireless networking options of the PC)

And this will be the all in one device that I am hoping for without sacrificing too much space for a dedicated keyboard if one needs it, screen space to squint over, and it fits nicely like a small notepad. It may not happen within the course of a year, or two, or five.... but I guarantee you if those features are there (cost will be a factor but at the expense of convergence of multiple devices into one convenient device) it is sure to have me getting one.

My next laptop doesn't need to be a powerhouse like my desktop (er... livingroom PC-top?). The notebook needs to satisfy being mobile with enough power for basic office, net surfing functions. And if those devices are there, I can say goodbye to extra devices to take space in travel bags (GPS, phone, and their respectable chargers and data cables) and not to mention in addition there is the versitility of the touch screen.

I just don't have the urge to spend on something that I know wouldn't significantly add to functionality other than the size.

Am I wrong for hoping for the existance of this device?

By WileCoyote on 9/3/2008 1:20:39 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to bring up Apple's iPod for a second time in this thread but I think it's appropriate for your comment.

Anyone remember 1st gen iPod - black text, so-so battery life, bulky? And then compare that to all the features in the newest generation.

I think we'll see the same evolution in netbooks. Which is weird because feature wise, with what's available on the market, it's like netbook manufaturers are taking a step back in time. You would think competition would breed innovation but not in this case - it's all just a lot of the same. I'm surprised Apple doesn't step in with their own netbook that has all the features you described.

By Suntan on 9/4/2008 3:27:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'm surprised Apple doesn't step in with their own netbook that has all the features you described. a price point of $1,200. no thanks.


By FITCamaro on 9/3/2008 4:22:52 PM , Rating: 2
Am I wrong for hoping for the existance of this device?

Yes since its a notebook not a cell phone. And ever hear of USB? Can plug in a USB webcam that can attach to the top of the screen. And they have USB internet cards for cell phone networks.

And multi-touch displays aren't cheap.

By Imaginer on 9/4/2008 12:03:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yes I am aware of the spagetti monster known as USB making a laptop less "mobile inscentive" with the dangling appendages.

A notebook is NOT a cell phone indeed. BUT it can be a mobile video phone if one wants it to considering the technology we have. Sure you can put that in a nice cell phone form factor but keep in mind of the bigger screen and keyboard to work with.

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

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